Home Health Co-Pays Proposed in Obama Budget, Services “At Risk”

The Obama Administration’s FY 2014 budget released earlier this week included several proposals that put ...

Philips Lifeline Launches New Home Health Solution

In early April, Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG) launched a new solution that expands access to its existing medical alert service, Lifeline. HomeSafe Wireless System enables seniors without a home phone line to still utilize Lifeline. More than a quarter of U.S. households do not have landlines, concurrent with increasing usage of cellular phones, according to Census […]

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ViaQuest Acquires Home Health and Hospice Operations to Drive Presence, Growth

An Ohio health services company is ramping up its home care and hospice presence with the acquisition of Indiana-based operations this week. It will target new growth through partnerships with local communities and long term care providers.  ViaQuest, based in Dublin, Ohio, announced it has acquired the Indiana operations of TriStar Home Health and Hospice—a […]

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Senior Living Nonprofit Boosts Home Care Channel with Merger

Lutheran Life Villages, a faith-based provider of retirement living services of Fort Wayne, Indiana, said Wednesday that it will merge its home care division with a company specializing in dementia care services. The merger with Birchwood Inc. will further strengthen Lutheran Life Villages’ service offerings in Northeast Indiana, the company stated on its website.  “We are […]

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CMS Readies Fingerprint Background Checks for Home Health Providers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will finally begin to implement its long-heralded fingerprint-based background checks for home health providers. As part of enhanced enrollment screening provisions contained in the Affordable Care Act, CMS announced it is beginning to phase in the implementation of fingerprinting background checks—an initiative three years in the making.  […]

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Miami Home Health Fraud Scheme Nets 10 Arrests

The owner of a former Miami home health agency as well as nine additional participants have been indicted for their roles in a Medicare fraud scheme that allegedly bilked the federal government out of $12.5 million.  The defendants, including former owner of Marcialed and Sacred Health, Vicente Diaz, were indicted on 59 counts from health care […]

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